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Late season
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Ineed. Went out for a cast yesterday and sounder still reading 14.9 deg. Should well be into 16-17 by now?
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Yeah normally 16 by now
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My fishing buddy Nigel nailed this donkey of a snapper on Wednesday at one of our local spots on the Hibiscus Coast. It was a beatiful healthy Spring fish that swam strongly when released after a quick pose for the camera.
Now to size. It was a stocky kind of fish, still long but deep in girth and thick across the shoulder. We estimated the weight at 26-27lb but wonder what you guys think from your experiences of biggies. Nigel is a well-built lad but struggled to lift it into his boat. Choice!  
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Jesus that is a hog. In great nick too like an overgrown schoolie so you can imagine that one is still doing some quality jizzing, big ups on the release.
Really thick through the tail, great girth and huge head - yeah I reckon your estimate is pretty near, could even be higher 20's...

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Nice fish! Well done to Nigel!
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Yeah late 20s great fish and release 👍
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That's a BIG snap! Looks mid to late 20's for sure. Awesome stuff on the release, fish of a lifetime right there, especially in Auckland🖒
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Another shot of the Hibiscus Beast (the fish, that is) which gives better perspective on the huge depth of this snapper. On reflection I would put the fish at around 28lb which is exceptional for the Hauraki Gulf these days IMHO.
Big softbaits are our usual go-to for the local biggies at this time of year but this one took a small piece of kahawai in 8m of water intended for a dinner pannie. Some fisherman are just born lucky aye Shocked
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Originally posted by WindCaller WindCaller wrote:

Another shot of the Hibiscus Beast (the fish, that is) which gives better perspective on the huge depth of this snapper. On reflection I would put the fish at around 28lb which is exceptional for the Hauraki Gulf these days IMHO.
Big softbaits are our usual go-to for the local biggies at this time of year but this one took a small piece of kahawai in 8m of water intended for a dinner pannie. Some fisherman are just born lucky aye Shocked
A Bulky Beast alright Guys! Every bit in the high 20's. Great catch from the Yak! Thanks for Posting...Beer
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Originally posted by WindCaller WindCaller wrote:

Another shot of the Hibiscus Beast (the fish, that is) which gives better perspective on the huge depth of this snapper. On reflection I would put the fish at around 28lb which is exceptional for the Hauraki Gulf these days IMHO.
Big softbaits are our usual go-to for the local biggies at this time of year but this one took a small piece of kahawai in 8m of water intended for a dinner pannie. Some fisherman are just born lucky aye Shocked

LOL Yes I know exactly where you were now looking at that photo. Great catch for there, although I do hear of some very nice ones around there. 
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Thought you would Muppet Wink
We had some some excellent fish to 15lb over at Motuoura Island earlier in the day and only stopped there to pick up some dinner on the way home! Not historically a big fish haunt for us but at this time of year the biggies can turn up anywhere along that coastline in the shallow reefy territory as you know. It certainly helps us yakkers when there are so few stink boats around but all that will change when the fleet puts in on Labour Day Unhappy
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Good stuff will be out for a look tomorrow. You are right about Labour weekend too. 10 years old this thread the first 3-4 years out there in spring hardly a boat In the area and no other yaks. I know I fished it every good weekend possible in that time.
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What do u reakon next weekend Dan?
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I reckon you pick the best day that suits you and go Thumbs Up
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Popped out for quick fish this morning. Slightly breezy and wind against tide. Would be much better out there this arvo I suspect, although eventually got so windy and choppy had to come in. Snapper, kahawai and one trevally were biting, so managed a feed. Alvey and ledger rig doing damage as couldn't strayline in conditions. No gurnard this morning which was bit dissapointing.



Loving fighting snaps and kahawai on the alvey.. really getting hang of it. Might try a slightly bigger model with a real drag...



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Me and Paul hit RP this morning. Still a bit on the quiet side but managed snapper to 60cm and kept 3 myself and Paul kept 6. 
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Was it busy out there Dan? boats?
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Nah Wayne quiet as
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